'Christmas' is back in Rhode Island State House
December 2nd, 2013
01:14 PM ET
9 months ago

'Christmas' is back in Rhode Island State House

(CNN) - "Christmas" is returning to Rhode Island's capitol building.

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee put out a statement Monday announcing that the tree at the State House will be called a "Christmas tree," ending a two-year long controversy.

In 2011, in his first year as governor, Chafee's calling of a "holiday tree" sparked protests, including a competing Christmas tree lighting ceremony. A state lawmaker even called the governor a "Grinch."
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Filed under: Lincoln Chafee • Rhode Island
Rhode Island Gov. changes party ID–again
May 29th, 2013
01:33 PM ET
1 year ago

Rhode Island Gov. changes party ID–again

Updated Wednesday 5/29 5:04 p.m. ET

(CNN) – Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an independent, plans to run for re-election next year as a Democrat, his office confirmed Wednesday to CNN.

The first-term governor became the first governor in the state's history to serve as an independent when he was elected in 2010.
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Filed under: Lincoln Chafee • Rhode Island
November 3rd, 2010
12:31 AM ET
4 years ago

In Rhode Island: CNN projects independent Gov. win

(CNN) - Independent candidate Lincoln Chafee has defeated Republican John Robitaille and Democrat Frank Caprio to win the race for Rhode Island governor, CNN projects. Republican Gov. Don Carcieri is term-limited. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.


Filed under: 2010 • Frank Caprio • Lincoln Chafee • Rhode Island • The Latest Calls
October 28th, 2010
02:27 PM ET
4 years ago

Bad news for 'Shove it' Dem in new poll

(CNN) – The results from the latest poll of the Rhode Island gubernatorial race may have Democratic candidate Frank Caprio looking for somewhere to shove it.
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Filed under: 2010 • Frank Caprio • Lincoln Chafee • Rhode Island
October 26th, 2010
09:14 PM ET
4 years ago

The 'shove it' heard around the state

(CNN) - "Shove it" was the most used phrase in the Rhode Island Gubernatorial debate Tuesday night.

Democratic nominee Frank Caprio said the president should "shove it" this week after not endorsing his candidacy. And the topic was the lead off question of the night's debate.

"It was a political answer to a political reaction that the White House took. When you're dealing in a political situation words like that are not uncommon. I stand by my words," Caprio said. "I reacted in a very human way, and I will continue to react in an appropriate way down the road."
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Filed under: 2010 • Frank Caprio • Lincoln Chafee • Rhode Island
October 26th, 2010
12:51 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama front-and-center in new Chafee ad

(CNN) – As Democrat Frank Caprio made exceedingly clear Monday, President Obama has not made an endorsement in the contentious Rhode Island governor's race.

But you wouldn't know that based on independent candidate Lincoln Chafee's new ad.
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Filed under: 2010 • Lincoln Chafee • President Obama • Rhode Island
October 25th, 2010
10:08 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama can take endorsement and 'shove it," says Dem

(CNN) – President Obama is making a campaign stop in Rhode Island Monday but he’s not getting a particularly warm welcome from the state’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Amid news Obama is refraining from endorsing Democrat Frank Caprio during his swing through the state, Caprio told a local radio station Monday that the president can “take his endorsement and really shove it.”

Audio after the jump
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Filed under: Frank Caprio • issues • Lincoln Chafee
February 24th, 2010
09:16 AM ET
5 years ago

Independent Chafee holds early lead in Rhode Island

 Lincoln Chafee holds a narrow lead in Rhode Island’s gubernatorial race, according to a new poll.
Lincoln Chafee holds a narrow lead in Rhode Island’s gubernatorial race, according to a new poll.

(CNN) - Republican-turned-independent Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island has a narrow lead in his state's gubernatorial race, according to a new survey conducted by Brown University.

The poll, released late Tuesday, shows that the former Republican senator would defeat the leading Democratic candidate, State Treasurer Frank Caprio, by 6 points, 34-28 percent.

Republican candidate John Robitaille, a former aide to current Gov. Don Carcieri, registers 12 percent in the survey. About a third of voters say they remain undecided.

The poll also said that Chafee would soundly defeat state Attorney General Patrick Lynch, another Democrat seeking the gubernatorial nomination, by a 32-17 percent margin. In both scenarios, Chaffee draws support from a third of Democratic voters and 40 percent among independents.

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Filed under: 2010 • Lincoln Chafee • Rhode Island